Early learning tips for kids, infants, June 2019

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Hello, Early Bird Readers! In today’s video, Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share ways to work on emotional dictionaries and self-regulation with children, and share their favorite picture book to use with social-emotional learning. Borrow The Rabbit Listened » About Early Bird Readers Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, … Read more

What’s trending, what we suggest for June

Book covers of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo, Never a City so Real by Alex Kotlowitz, Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon, Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered with selections handpicked by our librarians! This June, celebrate Pride Month with our librarians’ favorite reads, explore travel memoirs to inspire your next trip, and discover Chicago history. Celebrate Pride Month Explore travel memoirs Discover Chicago history What our librarians are loving Check what … Read more

Get free Ravinia tickets at A Day in Our Village

Ravinia

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We’ve got good news for you! Highland Park-based Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park Public Library cardholders a selection of free tickets to summer concerts. Through Ravinia’s Words & Music outreach program, specific dates are available for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Martin Theater Concerts. Tickets are … Read more

‘We’re inextricably connected’

In this summer’s One Book, One Oak Park series, we’re connecting over Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People, which looks at how open, accessible spaces can promote civic engagement and social interaction. The author uses the term “social infrastructure” to describe public libraries, parks, schools, community gardens, and other places where people assemble and engage. … Read more

Board welcomes new trustees, celebrates accomplishments of outgoing trustees

Virginia Bloom-Scheirer and Colleen Burns Swearing In

At its May 21 meeting, the Board of Library Trustees welcomed two new trustees: Virginia Bloom-Scheirer (left); and Colleen Burns (right), both sworn in to their elected official positions by Village Clerk Vicki Scaman (also pictured above in both photos). The Board also recognizes two outgoing trustees, Janet Kelenson and Carmenza Millan. Read the approved resolutions … Read more

‘This is an area of need across Oak Park’

When visiting local daycares and preschools, Children’s Outreach and Programming Specialist Jenny Jackson (pictured) always includes social and emotional concepts in her storytimes. “What do you think ‘anxious’ is? Have you ever had butterflies in your tummy?” she asks as reads aloud to preschoolers in the PreKindergarten Partnership (PKP) classes at Longfellow Elementary, one of … Read more

‘The world needs more respect, love, curiosity, and acceptance’

Kids holding art

Krista Soli Foster always imagined “going on a pilgrimage” to different centers of worship with her daughter, learning about their core values. She wants to model respect, love, curiosity, and acceptance for Lydia, age 6, who is being allowed to make up her own mind about faith and religion.  “Then I started to think, ‘Why … Read more

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